Originally a center of shipbuilding, East Boston was built on several islands connected by landfill, like many other neighborhoods in Boston. Two tunnels under Boston Harbor connect "Eastie" to downtown and the Seaport area.
This was a gateway neighborhood long before Logan Airport was built here; it has been the arrival point for thousands of immigrants to Boston. Indeed, the former East Boston Immigration Station, built in 1920, was widely known as “Boston’s Ellis Island.”
Today, the neighborhood is home to a blend of longtime residents, young professionals, and predominantly Colombian and Salvadoran immigrants.
Image: Aerial view looking southeast, Boston Planning & Development Agency